Frozen treats for summer

The dog days of summer are upon us all too soon on the East Coast of the USA.  Temperatures have soared, the humidity is uncomfortable and everything is just about wilting.  The last two weeks in May have seen unseasonably warm temperatures, but hopefully with some much needed rain predicted this week, things will cool down and we will enjoy some more favorable weather for the month of June.  What is the weather like where you are?

I thought I’d share some frozen treats that so simply come together, yet really quench that dying thirst from the intense heat and humidity.  I crave something sweet at the end of every meal; rasins or dates does not cut it for me each time, so I thought how about freezing some Greek yogurt, adding some dried fruit and nuts and just pop it in your mouth at the end of every meal, or when you come in from those gardening chores.  I was having a great time with my camera as you can tell, just styling, editing and trying out various backgrounds.  Does the white background look better or do you prefer the black background in these pictures? Don’t you just love the peonies?

IMG_3513I took a 9″x13″ pyrex dish, lined it with saran wrap, then spread out a large carton of vanilla Greek yogurt evenly with a spatula.  I used Greek as it contains extra protein and is creamier.  You can also use the plain variety and perhaps add some honey as a sweetener.

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IMG_3518A close up of the dried fruit and nuts reveals chopped up toasted pecans, cranberries, currants, and mini chocolate chip pieces.  Of course I needed a bit of chocolate in my yogurt bark now didn’t I? 🙂

IMG_3522Here are some pictures with the darker background

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IMG_3528After I left it overnight in the freezer, I chopped it up into pieces and put it back in the freezer for future treats.

IMG_3529There you have it, presenting a Greek Yogurt Bark with dried fruit and nuts.  A healthy, nutritious and  cooling snack for the summer.

How about another quick frozen treat that has less than half the calories of regular ice cream?  It’s a cinch to make and comes together like magic.  Please welcome Banana Ice Cream, soft, creamy and luscious.

IMG_3536I used 4 large bananas and cut them into slices about 1/2 an inch thick.  Place the banana slices on a baking sheet and freeze overnight.  Place the frozen bananas in a food processor.  Pulse until you have a smooth and creamy consistency.  Add 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter and pulse till well blended.  You can add chocolate chips, but I decided to leave it out as the ice cream is just wonderful served with some fresh fruit and mint.  Any leftovers?  Place in a tub in the freezer for another day.  This is a no-fuss, no-churn, no bother ice cream that comes together without an ice cream maker.

Enjoy these frozen treats and stay cool!

I hope these frozen treats will stay frozen by the time I arrive at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #71.  Thanks to her co-hosts Laurie @ ten.times.tea and our veteran Jhuls @the not so creative cook.  Thanks ladies, take it away!

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    1. Oh sounds great Desley….I thought I might try with some other fruit too, it doesn’t have all the calories that real ice cream has. I’ll give it a whirl. By the way, I sent you a question re posting pics on WP, not sure if you’ve received it? I couldn’t find your email, so I sent it on your latest post I believe.

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      1. Oh I’m sorry, I thought I replied. Maybe I didn’t… It sounds like a theme-related issue. I was going to take a look at your theme and see. I know that some themes treat the feature image differently to others. Let me check, it may be not be until the weekend though, is that ok?

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  1. Loretta,
    Thank you for two delicious treat ideas. I like something sweet at the end of the meal too and these look perfect!
    As usual, your pictures are amazing! Love those peonies against the dark background!

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    1. Thanks Sandhya……you should definitely try the ice cream too, it has less the calories of ordinary ice cream, and I thought I might try it with some other types of fruit too. Thanks for your compliments 🙂

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    1. Thanks Milly, so lovely to have you posting on my blog itself, I truly appreciate it :). You should also try the ice cream, it definitely is the winner and less calories than the regular ice cream. Waiting to hear all your news about the re-union. I’ve seen plenty of pictures already.

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  2. Oh my your peonies are gorgeous! I love the contrast with the beautiful blue vase. I am going to make some of this delicious frozen yogurt bark. What a wonderful idea. Sometimes you just need a bit of a treat. Your photos are beautiful. It really looks like you are enjoying it too.

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    1. Thanks Julie, yes I was having a great time experimenting with the photos. You should try the ice cream too, it did not get much air time on my post, but I do believe it is the better of the two, and also much healthier for you than the regular ice cream. Thanks for stopping by, and I appreciate all your compliments.

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  3. I like the idea of the heat. We have gale force winds and rain at the moment! Saying that I would still happily tuck in to your yoghurt bark, it looks perfect for a hot afternoon! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Petra, after I wrote that post, we’ve had quite a significant change in the weather, although I’m not complaining, as it got too hot too soon. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    1. Thanks Cynthia – how lovely to see your comments on my blog itself. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the compliments, I truly appreciate them. 🙂

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  4. I love the yogurt bark especially! I often am outside gardening and then forget how hot it is and how long I’ve been out working until it’s too late and I realize I’m just about done for! I think a little refresher like this would be wonderful!

    White background is my vote!

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  5. Hehe, the yoghurt bark is a very clever idea! And sounds like a perfect cold summer snack that is definitely a bit more refreshing than chocolate bark 🙂 It’s really fun to see your experimentation with the different backgrounds (something I’d like to start thinking about for myself someday!) I think the contrast with the dark background is nice, but of course it also depends on how you like the atmosphere of the photos as the lighter background is nice and bright!

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    1. Thanks, yes it is definitely a wonderfully cooling break after being outside for a while. Thanks for your input on the backgrounds, I was just playing around and like you, thought each one had its plus points. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  6. For some reason, I liked the white and blue against the white background. It just seemed so airy and light and summery to me which matches your frozen treat delights! I had to re-read the banana ice cream recipe because I was shocked at how simple it sounded!

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    1. Strange isn’t it, you’re right about it being light and airy and summery though, it’s a matter of preference I guess. You definitely should try the banana ice cream if you have a food processor, I’m in love with the new “skinny” dessert, ha ha!

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  7. Delicious desserts. Just what we need this summer. The white background looks elegant and soothing for the summer look. The background is good too and the central character , the dessert, stands out in it but I like the white one. Somehow reminded me of Donna Hay ☺

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  8. Great ideas for quick desserts – I think it is finally warming up here but I would enjoy them no matter what the temperature was. Honestly, I am not sure which background I like the most – the flowers are gorgeous and I love blue in a picture. Good pictures regardless – amazing the differences you can achieve – fun isn’t it 🙂

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    1. Yes, I sincerely hope that your weather is warming up. After our mini-heatwave with temps in the 90’s, we were stuck on 60’s and rain for a few days. A welcome relief for sure, and we really needed the rain. Love taking photos and trying out different things, but I MUST take a real photography course and learn the tips n’ tricks. Thanks for stopping by Judi, it’s been tough keeping up with blogging in the summer time. 🙂

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  9. Quick frozen treats are irresistible. I love the yogurt barks that look like toffee squares. I am also an after meal dessert seeker who is not totally happy with a few dates or raisins. This would provide all the satisfaction of a rich dessert!
    Btw, our Toronto weather is the best at present oscillating between 18- 25 deg C, but will go up very soon!
    Stay cool!

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    1. Ha ha, yes rasins or dates are ok during the weekdays, but I believe we have to indulge on weekends don’t you? :). Ahh Toronto in the summer time, it’s beautiful. We used to live in TO, and still visit at least once or twice a year. Compared to our hot and humid summers in DE, TO is a breeze, yet folks complain of the humidity. It’s all relative I suppose.

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  10. Great ideas for the summer Loretta! I love the yoghurt bark and must try it – think it would be great in Barcelona when it gets really humid! And healthy! 🙂 I wanted to say dark background because it provides contrast, but in the end I think the white, light and bright one is saying ‘pick me!’. Both are great. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipes! 🙂

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  11. Wonderful ideas, Loretta! Healthier versions of ice cream! I generally prefer white/bright backgrounds but the dark works well here since the subjects are white. Your pictures keep getting better! 🙂

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